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Brisbane lights up for three weeks
Come September Brisbane's nightscape will again be transformed by all the pageantry and spectacle of Brisbane's favourite nocturnal show,The City of Lights Laser Show. As an integral part of the annual Brisbane Festival this free show will literally convert Brisbane into a city of lights for three weeks.
The dazzling display will once again be created and directed by John Rayment and Tony Assness, whose credits include the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening and closing ceremonies and the 75th Anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is an added bonus this year with the addition of choreographed cascading water displays into the colourful mix. These will be designed by internationally renowned water and laser designer, Glenn Turner.
This laser show was one of the major hits of the 2011 and 2012 Brisbane Festivals, drawing large and appreciative crowds to many city and river vantage points over its three week season. This year the shimmering show will have lighting and laser positions dotted throughout the city from the river to North Quay and George Street, lighting up the sky, bridges, buildings and, of course, the Brisbane River. You can download a map showing laser positions and key vantage points here.
South Bank will be the best vantage point for the City of Lights Laser Show. Photo taken by writer.
While there will be a multitude of vantage points in the city (now is the time to hit up any of your city-dwelling friends or those with after hours access to riverfront or tall city buildings), the best seats in the Brisbane house will be at South Bank. All along the Promenade and at the Santos GLNG Lounge you will not only have front-row seats for the colourful spectacle, you will also be able to hear the soundtrack pumped through strategically placed speakers. It's important to note that South Bank is an alcohol-free zone and no glass is allowed. Food and drink will be on sale at various venues. If you're in the CBD you can hear the narrowcast of the soundtrack on 95.3FM.
When: Every evening from Saturday 7 September to Friday 27 September. Times: From Sunday to Thursday shows will be at 7pm and 8.30 pm. Friday and Saturday night shows will be at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. Prime Vantage Points: South Bank - Santas GLNG Lounge at South Bank's Cultural Forecourt and South Bank Promenade.
Temporary closures of the South Bank reach of the river (between Victoria Bridge and QUT Ferry Terminal) will be in place and monitored by Queensland Water Police. Your best bet, as with most large Brisbane events, is to use public transport. Various forms will take you right to the best vantage points. You can catch the train to South Bank station, ride the bus to the adjacent Cultural Centre, or hop off the City Cat at South Bank or North Quay. Be aware that some City Cat delays may occur because of the river closures. Full transport information is available at Translink or call 131230.